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A long-empty building in Ward 8 has become the linchpin in a redevelopment duel between D.C.’s most infamous landlord, Sanford Capital, and its tenants. The tenants are pushing to turn the building and their decrepit apartments into an affordable complex around the Congress Heights Metro stop, but they have competition. Sanford and local developer CityPartners have sought to transform the site into more than 200 predominantly market-rate apartments, offices, and retail. D.C. zoning officials approved their plans in 2015. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration gets to decide what plan will win.


  • D.C. health agency reportedly investigates Medstar Washington Hospital Center. [WBJ]

  • Census: The District sees slight decline in median household income in 2016. [Post]

  • Bowser proposes criminal-justice reforms for arrestees’ records. [Post, DCist, WAMU]

  • A 14-year-old boy charged with killing a construction worker has five prior arrests. [Post]

  • Regional leaders continue to figure out how to fund Metro in the long-term. [Post]

  • Two men injured in shooting at Northwest apartment complex. [Post, FOX5, NBC4]

  • Apartment fire in Northeast injures two people. [Post]

  • Mei Xiang, the National Zoo’s giant panda mom, isn’t having a baby. [Post, WUSA9]

  • D.C. gets a “pop-up coworking space” with childcare service and a restaurant. [WBJ]

  • Major companies to hold job fair for youth next week at the convention center. [WTOP]

  • Bryce Harper goes for a jog. [CBS DC]

  • Juggalos: Who are they and why are they coming here? [Post]


LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Jeffrey Anderson (tips? jeff.anderson@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Roughly half of Metro’s ask for $15 billion for repairs is unfunded. [WAMU]

  • MPD staffing levels down, calls for service up. [D.C. Policy Center]

  • School modernizations complete at Marie Reed and Garrison elementaries. [Current]

  • ANC proposes transportation safety fixes for Georgetown’s Water Street corridor. [Current]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? mcohen@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The Kreeger Museum reemerges with a fresh look and feel. [WCP]

  • All the free digital offerings the D.C. Public Library has. [DCist]

  • Yoko Ono mural that may or may not be grammatically correct debuts at Union Market. [Washingtonian]

  • Master blues harmonica player Phil Wiggins wins National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. [WAMU]

  • Who wants to be on a Vice-produced, D.C.-set reality show?? [DCist]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • An unlikely but heartfelt strip club tribute to Jim Vance. [WCP]

  • Jeff Black is yet another chef to enter D.C.’s cannabis industry. [Washingtonian]

  • Soon you’ll be able to try your hand at recipes from Rasika. [WTOP]

  • Try these 22 creative cocktails around the District. [Eater]

  • Did you know Virginia had an oyster trail? [DC Refined]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper)

  • Douglas Jemal: “I’ll be written down in every history book of Washington, D.C.” [Post]

  • After court ruling, D.C. Zoning Commission OKs McMillan project again. [UrbanTurf]

  • Proposed Randall School project in Southwest receives design changes. [UrbanTurf]

  • Will the DMV jurisdictions cooperate or compete in trying to lure Amazon? [Bisnow]

  • What the Southwest Wharf’s two new apartment buildings look like inside. [Bisnow]

  • A brief history of housing and neighborhood segregation in Ward 4. [GGW]

  • Is D.C. a standout waterfront city? [Post]

  • Op-ed: State Dept. should make foreign govs. clean up their vacant D.C. homes. [Post]

  • Media folk discuss D.C.’s merits as a host for an Amazon headquarters. [Curbed DC]

  • Former residence of Corcoran founder, in Brookland, may be demolished. [Curbed DC]

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